Based on the critically-acclaimed SONAR digital audio workstation, SONAR Steam Edition includes many of the high-powered features you need to make music. And now we've built a version that has been tailored to the Steam community with new features aimed at aspiring video game soundtrack designers.
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Mostly Positive (39 reviews) - 74% of the 39 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Apr 29, 2016

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January 17

Maintenance Update to 12.2016

Hi Everyone,

We've pushed a small update out today which includes a new TH3 installer.

This is compatible with TH3's standalone installers, so users who purchase the full version should no longer experience issues.

TH3 has moved from [steamlibrary]\common\cakewalk\vstplugins and steamlibrary]\common\cakewalk\x64\vstplugins


C:\Program Files\CommonFiles\VST3\ and C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\VST3\

These paths should be added by default to SONAR's scanner, but if they are absent you can add them by going to Edit > Preferences > File > VST Settings

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December 21, 2016

SONAR 2017 - News, Changes, and Updates!

Hi Everyone,
There's a bunch of changes coming down the pipe for 2017, and we wanted to let our users know right away.

New Pricing Structure:
Our decades old loyalty pricing system was difficult to maintain on the Steam store and other retailers, causing multiple discount stacking issues and ultimately sowing confusion for end users.

Starting with the 2017 season we'll be piloting a new flat pricing structure. This will instead allow us to be more flexible in our promotional offerings and participation in Steam community events.

SONAR Platinum Lifetime:
The last day to purchase SONAR Platinum Lifetime Passes will be January 2nd, 2017.

After that, only SONAR Platinum 2017 season passes will be available. Pricing on these packages will be in line with our new system mentioned above.

SONAR Professional:
SONAR Professional 2017 Season Passes are now available! Users who own the 2017 pass will be eligible for updates till 12.31.17.

Coinciding with the pricing structure change, we'll be running a limited 35% launch discount on upgrade options.

SONAR Steam Edition:
With the introduction of our new beginner version - SONAR Home Studio we'll be retiring Steam Edition 2016 to simplify our offerings to new users. The last day Steam Edition 2016 will be available for sale is 1.2.17. Note: the '16 pass's last scheduled update is the 12.2016 release.

Moving forward, the last loyalty pricing offered will be a special one for Steam Edition 2016 users to upgrade to Professional 2017. This will expire rolling into the 2018 season.

Steam Specific Content:
Over the course of next year, we'll be refactoring and updating the Steam specific content to enhance end user experiences. All offerings of SONAR on Steam will effectively become 'Steam Editions', including Home Studio.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to start a thread in our discussion forums! We'll try to answer everything to the best of our ability.

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“Very efficient, cutting-edge Windows DAW”
8/10 – MusicTechMag

“Although more in line as an advance on X3, this new flavor of SONAR achieves performance and capabilities that parallel any of its competitors.”

“SONAR remains a winner, very much in the top tier of Windows-compatible DAWs”
4.5/5 – MusicRadar

Dota 2 Music Pack Template

SONAR now includes a template to help users create their own Dota 2 music packs. Users can find it in their SONAR Tutorials folder. More information on creating packs can be found here!


SONAR is a Digital Audio Workstation. For more information on DAWs please read the STEAM DAW FAQ.

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Cakewalk has multiple DAW options available. We've created this guide to help you make the right choice.

About This Software

Choose the creative experience only SONAR offers: advanced technology, effortless workflow, and an inviting interface that amplifies inspiration. Fueled by over 25 years in the relentless pursuit of innovation, SONAR is re-inventing the modern recording studio.

SONAR Steam Edition is tailored for aspiring content creators and game sound designers. The program includes features like unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, VST3 support, virtual instruments, effects, editing and mixing tools, step sequencer, Matrix View, and much more.

2016 STEAM Season Pass

Enjoy Cakewalk's rolling updates to 12/31/16. After that time you can keep and use SONAR forever. Continued updates will be available via 2017 season passes.

Steam Edition Highlights:

  • Dota 2 Music Pack Template
  • RPG Maker Clip Export compatibility
  • 50 Sound FX tailored for video game design (expandable with DLC packs)
  • Digital Sound Factory Video Game Sound Designer Background Pack for Sound Center
  • 8-bit video game sounds that can be triggered via the Matrix View
  • Includes 9 synths and 20 audio effects

SONAR Features:

  • Unlimited Simultaneous I/O
  • Unlimited Audio Tracks
  • Unlimited MIDI Tracks
  • Unlimited Sends/Buses
  • 384kHz Maximum Sample Rate
  • 64-Bit Maximum Bit Depth
  • 64-Bit Internal Mix Engine Resolution
  • VST 2.4 32/64-Bit Support
  • VST3 32/64-Bit Support
  • ReWire 32/64-Bit Support
  • Groove Clip Support (follow tempo & Pitch)
  • Windows 7/8/10 support
  • Windows 8/10 Multi-touch support
  • Project Tutorials
  • Mixing and Mastering Templates

STEAM Edition Plugin Suite:

  • Sonitus Compressor
  • Sonitus Delay
  • Sonitus Equalizer
  • Sonitus Gate
  • Sonitus Modulator
  • Sonitus Multiband
  • Sonitus Phase
  • Sonitus Reverb
  • Sonitus Surround
  • Sonitus Wahwah
  • Boost11
  • TH3 Cakewalk Edition
  • 8 One Knob StyleDials

STEAM Edition Virtual Synths:

  • Rapture Session
  • Sound Center
  • Studio Instrument Bass
  • Studio Instrument Drums
  • Studio Instruments Electric Piano
  • Studio Instrument Strings
  • Session Drummer 3
  • TTS-1 General MIDI Player
  • Z3TA+ Classic (1.5)

Supported Formats:

  • Wave and Broadcast Wave (time stamped)
  • WMA, WAV, W64, ASF
  • FLAC
  • OGG, RF64
  • MP3* (via SoundCloud)
  • WAV RIFF, ACID, Rex, Rex2, Rex64
  • AVI, QT, MPEG video import/export
  • Dithering options on export
  • SoundCloud integration
  • MusicXML Export
  • 32/64-Bit VST3 support
  • 32/64-bit VST2, VSTi and DXi support
  • Bit Bridge (allows 32-bit plug-ins in 64-bit mixing environment)
  • PNG Track Icon support

Cakewalk has multiple DAW options available. We've created a guide to help you make the right choice:

Expand your Creative Palette with these additional Cakewalk Products:

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10 (32- or 64-bit)
    • Processor: 2.6GHz Intel or AMD multi-core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x800 (1920 x 1080+ recommended)
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: WDM/KS, WASAPI, or MME compatible device
    • Additional Notes: Connection required for downloads, activation, and publishing features.
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: ASIO compatible
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